Saturday, September 1, 2018

Social Studies Pocketbook Units!


What are Social Studies Pocketbook Units? Find all of your answer here! Pocketbook units consist of a science or social studies topic for the first, second, third or fourth grade classroom. This post will include photographs of the social studies units. Each student created their own pocketbook to store their work throughout the unit which serves as a comprehensive portfolio. Parents and administrators LOVE this idea of showcasing student learning!!

How do students benefit from learning through pocketbooks?
Pocketbook units are multimodal resources that capitalize on different learning styles amongst students. The units are extremely organized (which we love!), which teaches organization, but also increases students metacognition when recalling and synthesizing information on topics. 

What types of resources/activities are included in the units? 

1. POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS: Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to grab their attention and get them thinking.
Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about the topic. Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.
Samples from the Discovering the 7 Continents Unit!
        

2. STUDENT WORKBOOKS: The comprehension workbooks allow students to read on their own to answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting. Each individual unit includes one per week (20-40 pages per unit). Example Workbook from The U.S. Presidents Pocketbook Unit.

3. ANCHOR CHART: Use the colorful pictures and text at the beginning of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit. As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart. Re-visit when we wrote all about how to use anchor charts effectively in the classroom to promote a deeper understanding of informational topics.

4. VOCABULARY CARDS: Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference.
5.  VOCABULARY PUZZLE PIECES: Vocabulary picture-definition-word puzzle pieces are perfect to use for centers, partner work or even for practice as homework. You can laminate and cut the pieces to use year after year in centers or let the students have their own copies to put into their pocketbook. The students love to manipulate the puzzles and then use the vocabulary cards to check their work! Examples are from the Winter Olympics Pocketbook Unit.


6. VOCABULARY FLIP BOOKSStudents can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book. Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.


We previously shared 5 Steps to Help Students Master Vocabulary utilizing strategies that can be incorporated from our Pocketbook Units.


7. GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS & WRITING PAPER: Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs. There are 2 options for handwriting lines to easily differentiate student needs. We previously shared 5 steps for Informative writing utilizing the resources within the pocketbook units. 

8. SMART ART: Cut, color and glue to make a fun visual representation of the each topic. Students will then write a cohesive paragraph with facts they have learned on the back using the lined paper. Smart Art is perfect for bulletin board displays or can be used to hang around the classroom.
9. SUPPLEMENTAL PAGES & EARLY FINISHER WORK: Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.



How do I assemble themInstructions for creating the pocketbook are included in your resource and can be found below! They are really easy to make! 


use the binding machine pictured. Use the instructions on your machine to make a book for each student.
 --> Binding Machine 
{affiliate links}

After assembly, how much prep work is involved for the teacher? These units are extremely teacher-friendly. I can prep an entire week or even months worth of science and social studies materials all in one sitting. Simply organize your materials by the day that you are teaching them for easy access.

What units are currently available? We currently have 6 Social Studies units available! All units are in the same format to provide consistency to studies and increase time on task. Units can each be purchased individually or in a HUGE bundle that gives you access to 34 weeks of lesson plans and materials in a GROWING bundle! This means that you will have access to NEW units once they are posted at NO extra cost to you!






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Leave a comment below with any other questions or comments about pocketbook units! Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Season of Fall


Hi Everyone!

We can't believe that back to school season is already here!! There are so many seasonal changes that occur in the fall, so what better topic to cover with your kindergarten, first and second grade students.  Fall changes can be such a HUGE topic to teach, so we've broken it down into parts that have worked in our classrooms. 

Our Discovering the Season of Fall Research Unit is well-organized, easy to differentiate, and covers a variety of information about this important topic.

Step-by-step video to see the Pocketbook in action!!!

Check out the different elements below that are included in this unit, as well as our other seasonal research units. Then, look for a link at the end to grab an exclusive FREEBIE to help grab your students' attention and get them started with this unit!


PowerPoint Presentations
Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic.

Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about fall.

Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.

Student Workbooks
Color print, then staple the workbooks together for each student. Trim the edges if time allows to make a smaller booklet that will fit nicely in each pocket.

Students can read for information on the topic then answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting. 

Anchor Chart
Use the colorful pictures and text at the beginning of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit.

As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart.

Vocabulary Cards
Print, laminate and cut these eye-catching vocabulary words to serve as visuals for students to refer back to throughout the unit.

Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference.

Interactive Vocabulary Puzzle Pieces
Vocabulary picture-definition-word puzzle pieces are perfect to use for centers, partner work or even for practice as homework. You can laminate and cut the pieces to use year after year in centers or let the students have their own copies to put into their pocketbook. The students love to manipulate the puzzles and then use the vocabulary cards to check their work!

Vocabulary Flip Books
Students can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book.

Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.

Graphic organizers and writing paper
Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs.
There are 2 options for handwriting lines to easily differentiate student needs.
Supplemental Pages and Early Finisher Work
Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.


  Instructions for creating the pocketbook are included in your download. They are really easy to make! All you need is a binding machine (most schools already have one), binding combs and construction paper. I use the binding machine below. Its inexpensive and works great! It even comes with a few free binding combs.
--> Binding Machine 
--> Binding Combs 
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Thanks for checking out all of the different elements that are included in our pocketbooks!!! We know your students will LOVE them as much as ours have!!!

>>>>Grab your 19 page Discovering Fall PowerPoint presentation for FREE for
 clicking the link right here!<<<<

We will also be releasing Discovering the season of WINTER and SRPING shortly...keep your eye out for it!!!

Discovering the Season of Summer Research Unit


Happy Teaching! :)




Sunday, July 29, 2018

Science Pocketbook Units!


What are Science Pocketbook Units? Find all of your answer here! Pocketbook units consist of a science or social studies topic for the first, second, third or fourth grade classroom. This post will include photographs of the science units. Each student created their own pocketbook to store their work throughout the unit. The pocketbook serves as a comprehensive portfolio to refer to throughout the unit. Parents and administrators LOVE this idea of showcasing student learning1

How do students benefit from learning through pocketbooks?
 Pocketbook units are multimodal resources that capitalize on different learning styles amongst students. The units are extremely organized (which we love!), which teaches organization, but also increases students metacognition when recalling and synthesizing information on topics. 

What types of resources/activities are included in the units? 

1. POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS: Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to grab their attention and get them thinking.
Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about the topic. Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.
Samples from the Extreme Weather Unit

2. STUDENT WORKBOOKS: The comprehension workbooks allow students to read on their own to answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting. Each individual unit includes one per week. For example the Biomes Unit includes 6 of these workbooks (42 comprehension pages TOTAL)!
3. ANCHOR CHART: Use the colorful pictures and text at the beginning of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit. As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart. Re-visit when we wrote all about how to use anchor charts effectively in the classroom to promote a deeper understanding of informational topics.

 
4. VOCABULARY CARDS: Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference.

5.  VOCABULARY PUZZLE PIECES: Vocabulary picture-definition-word puzzle pieces are perfect to use for centers, partner work or even for practice as homework. You can laminate and cut the pieces to use year after year in centers or let the students have their own copies to put into their pocketbook. The students love to manipulate the puzzles and then use the vocabulary cards to check their work!


6. VOCABULARY FLIP BOOKSStudents can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book. Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.
 

We previously shared 5 Steps to Help Students Master Vocabulary utilizing strategies that can be incorporated from our Pocketbook Units.

7. GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS & WRITING PAPER: Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs. There are 2 options for handwriting lines to easily differentiate student needs. We previously shared 5 steps for Informative writing utilizing the resources within the pocketbook units.

8. SMART ART: Cut, color and glue to make a fun visual representation of the each topic. Students will then write a cohesive paragraph with facts they have learned on the back using the lined paper. Smart Art is perfect for bulletin board displays or can be used to hang around the classroom.

9. SUPPLEMENTAL PAGES & EARLY FINISHER WORK: Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.


Each unit has every one of these components and much more! To name a few, Shark Research includes Task Cards and Weather Tools unit includes a tool match-up worksheet

How do I assemble them? Instructions for creating the pocketbook are included in your resource and can be found below!They are really easy to make! 


I use the binding machine pictured. Use the instructions on your machine to make a book for each student.
 --> Binding Machine 
{affiliate links}

After assembly, how much prep work is involved for the teacher? These units are extremely teacher-friendly. I can prep an entire week or even months worth of science and social studies materials all in one sitting. Simply organize your materials by the day that you are teaching them for easy access.

What units are currently available? At this time we have 6 Science units available in this format! They can each be purchased individually or in  a HUGE bundle that gives you access to 34 weeks of lesson plans and materials in a GROWING bundle! This means that you will have access to NEW units once they are posted! A "seasons research" unit will be added to you for no extra cost.


 



Want to check out this resource later? Pin here!

Leave a comment below with any other questions or comments about pocketbook units! Happy Teaching!